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BC Prepares For Bowl

Quarterback Tim Hasselbeck and the Eagles will battle Colorado in the Bowl.

Quarterback Tim Hasselbeck and the Eagles will battle Colorado in the Bowl.

Dec. 27, 1999

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (AP) - Boston College aims to cap a surprising season by ending Colorado's five-game bowl winning streak when the schools meet New Year's Eve at the Bowl.

The 25th-ranked Eagles (8-3) finished third in the Big East behind Virginia Tech and Miami. That was a four-game improvement for Boston College, which went 4-7 last season.

Boston College missed a chance to end Virginia Tech's unbeaten season, falling 38-14 to the Hokies in the season finale. The Eagles had won their previous three games, beating Syracuse, West Virginia and Notre Dame.

Tim Hasselbeck has played well for the Eagles, completing 55.6 percent of his passes for 1,947 yards and 11 touchdowns. Cedric Washington keys the ground game and needs 22 yards for 1,000 on the season. The top receiver is Dedrick Dewalt, who had 38 receptions for 611 yards and four touchdowns.

Boston College is making its 11th bowl appearance, having split its first 10. This is the Eagles' first bowl game since winning the 1994 Aloha Bowl over Kansas State. They have won four of their last five.

Colorado (6-5) is tied with Georgia Tech for the longest active bowl winning streak. The Buffaloes have averaged 41 points in the five wins, defeating Fresno State in the 1993 Aloha Bowl, Notre Dame in the 1994 Fiesta Bowl, Oregon in the 1995 Cotton Bowl, Washington in the 1996 Holiday Bowl and Oregon in the 1998 Aloha Bowl.

The Buffaloes nearly pulled off a stunning upset over Nebraska in their regular-season finale, rallying from a 27-3 deficit in the fourth quarter before losing 33-30 in overtime.

Mike Moschetti has thrown for 2,376 yards and 15 touchdowns for Colorado. His favorite targets are Javon Green and Marcus Stiggers, who have combined for 69 catches, 1,139 yards and 10 scores. Cortlen Jensen powers the running game and had 700 yards and eight TDs in nine games.

Colorado scored 343 points this season, topping the 30-point mark on six occasions. The Buffs are 5-1 in such contests, losing only to Nebraska.

The Buffaloes are 10-12 all-time in bowl games and can match Nebraska's Big 12 record for consecutive bowl wins with a victory.

This is the first meeting between the schools.

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